David Lynch on Film, Art and Photography

From a 1998 interview with the artist and filmmaker
David Lynch on the set of Wild at Heart
The following is from an interview conducted by Brett Wood, published in Art Papers (FOCUS ON ART AND FILM), 22/5 Sept.Oct 1998 (via The City of Absurdity):
Brett Wood: Do you feel your work responds to or is shaped by the social climate of its time, or is it relatively free of political and pop-cultural influence?

David Lynch: It has to be shaped some by the time, but it's not political.

Why is the head such a subject of fascination and horror for you?

The whole human body is filled with mysteries.

How does the passive act of meditation influence the active process of painting?

Meditation expands consciousness and makes it possible to catch bigger ideas-sometimes.

Why do you resist naturalistic color in painting and photography?

It's a personal preference. I like organic earth colors.

Do you dream in color or black and white?

Full color.

Do your dreams more closely resemble your artwork or your life?

They don't relate to either one, with a few exceptions.

What are some of the things that have inspired you in the lives and works of such acknowledged influences as Ray and Charles Eames, Francis Bacon, the Wright family, Mark Rothko, etc.?

Once in awhile we see or hear something that strikes a beautiful chord within us. These things reverberate around us. These artists you mentioned and some others have done this to me.

Why did you become a filmmaker instead of continuing your pursuits as a painter? Do you think it's easier to establish one's self as a filmmaker or a painter/photographer?

Because I wanted the paintings to make sound and move and that led to film. Fate sometimes smiles on everyone.

Do you feel you express yourself better when constructing a formal narrative (i.e., making films) or creating non-narrative and in some cases non-representational images?

They're two different things and the mind can get into each one. [Read More]

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